3 Colorado hotels, one resort land on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Best in the World”

Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards were released Tuesday, and three Colorado hotels, plus one resort, made the respective worldwide top 50 lists in 2021.

Coming in at No. 31 for hotels, Gravity Haus Breckenridge received a nod for the second year in a row, after opening in 2019. The ski-in, ski-out boutique hotel is one of three Gravity Haus lodging options in Colorado; the other two are located in Vail and Winter Park. “The hotel is part lodging, part social club, and 100% focused on catering to a certain type of hard-charging, outdoor enthusiast,” Condé Nast says. “There’s a fitness and sport-recovery center and lanes for duckpin bowling, plus a co-working space, coffee shop and restaurant, and even a Japanese-inspired onsen.”

3 Colorado hotels, one resort land on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Best in the World”
A room at Gravity Haus Breckenridge.

Number 28 for hotels, Life House Lower Highland, opened during the pandemic in Denver. The first boutique hotel in LoHi, it boasts 16 rooms, including bunk rooms for traveling groups of friends. And the lobby bar and restaurant are showstoppers at street level.

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3 Colorado hotels, one resort land on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Best in the World”
The eight-bunk room at Life House, Lower Highlands.

“Inside, the lobby feels like a prospector’s Victorian home,” Condé Nast says. “Its restaurant, Wildflower, keeps the story going with a menu honoring the neighborhood’s original Italian and Mexican settlers. At the low-lit bar, a young crowd sips old-fashioneds, bringing the story full circle from frontier outpost to modern urban epicenter of cool.”

The Art, a Hotel (No. 18) in Denver is now a Readers’ Choice winner for five years running. This living gallery is positioned among Denver’s world-class art museums, and features its own pieces by Leo Villareal, Ed Ruscha and Kiki Smith, to name a few. “Artwork isn’t just a design flourish here — it’s the main objective of the hotel itself,” Condé Nast writes. “You’ll find serious culture connoisseurs and business travelers looking for something different staying in its 165 rooms, which sport a minimalist design and — surprise! — even more artwork.”

3 Colorado hotels, one resort land on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Best in the World”
C Lazy U Ranch was the only Colorado resort to make it onto Conde Nast Traveler’s 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards for “Best Resorts in the World.” (Provided by C Lazy U Ranch)

Finally, coming in at No. 45 for Best Resorts in the World, C Lazy U Ranch in Granby is officially a four-year-running winner. And this year, the ranch comes off of a particularly difficult season in which wildfire damage to the property compounded COVID-19 closures. But the ranch is back and thriving, from its dining program to its “cowboy” soaking tubs.

“On 8,500 acres, the ranch does it all,” according to Condé Nast, “pairing programs for kids with luxurious spa treatments for adults. Log cabins have been renovated in recent years, and with their indoor, heated riding area, visitors can ride horseback year-round.”

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